GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Before the cooking could begin, the pre-Thanksgiving rush was in full effect at Rouses in Gulfport on Wednesday.
"It's been a real busy day," said store director Robert Strahan. "It started out busy, and hasn't slowed down much through the day."
Shoppers were picking up favorites such as sweet potatoes, corn bread mix, and of course, the main course.
"Got to have turkey, fried turkey. Baked is too dry," said Mike Preston, who has the frying part down to an art. "Good marinade injection, and a good rub, and three minutes per pound."
But, finding the perfect turkey had its challenges on the day before Thanksgiving.
"I think the hardest thing was getting a bird that wasn't solid frozen," said one shopper.
Picking out just one turkey wasn't good enough for Mike Preston.
"I'm going to give a few away to my guys that work for me, give a few away to somebody in need, and one for my girlfriend's Mom," Preston said.
Even if the last minute food shopping was met with obstacles, it didn't stop most shoppers from focusing on the good times they're going to have with family and friends.
"Most people are off work for a few days, so they're in good moods," said Strahan.
Most grocery stores will be open on Thanksgiving. Rouses will be open from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Thursday.